[b-hebrew] Hos 6:4 (was The Pesach prohibition )

Vadim Cherny VadimCherny at mail.ru
Sat Sep 23 13:37:36 EDT 2006

> > They are all adulterers, like an oven heated by the baker who ceaseth to
> > stir from kneading of the dough until it is humtzato.
> > "adulterers like an oven" surely makes no sense. More plausibly, here is
> > poetic transposition, and Hosea means, "they are adulterers like the
> > The baker does nothing while the dough is in the oven, and Hosea accuses
> > people of similarly abandoning their duties.
> HH: Here is the NIV translation:
> Hos. 7:4 They are all adulterers, burning like an
> oven whose fire the baker need not stir from the
> kneading of the dough till it rises.

Probably you know Hebrew sufficiently to see that that translation is
divorced from the Hebrew text.

> > In any case, the dough is in the oven, and does not leaven anymore, but
> > baked. (Any woman here on the list who ever tried to bake?) "from
> > until humtzato" cannot mean "from kneading until leavening", that's
> > It could only mean, "from kneading until being baked."
> HH: I have made bread. There is a kneading
> process, and afterwards the dough is left to rise.

In the oven??

Vadim Cherny

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